City of Charleston Police and Fire Departments Recognized for Exemplary Service to Community

Charleston, S.C.—At last night’s City Council meeting, the city of Charleston’s two public safety departments were individually recognized for their commitment to self-assessment and maintaining the highest standards of service to the community.

South Carolina Supreme Court Justice John Kittredge attended the meeting in his capacity as a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) to congratulate the Charleston Police Department for being awarded Gold Standard Accreditation with Excellence. This is the highest honor a police department can receive from CALEA, and is accomplished by fewer than 5 percent of law enforcement agencies in the nation.

Justice Kittredge presented Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor, Accreditation Manager Sergeant Patrick McLaughlin, and members of the Charleston Police Department with a Certificate of Advanced Meritorious Accreditation and commended them for their professional excellence, strong leadership, and devotion to serving the public good.

The Charleston Fire Department also received praise for earning a favorable rating on its annual compliance report from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Following a detailed assessment and analysis, the department was found to have met all core competencies and criteria set by the Center, affirming its status as an internationally accredited fire department. The CFD is one of only 22 departments in the country to be accredited and ISO Class 1 rated.

Mayor Tecklenburg said, “Each of these recognitions serves as a testament to the exceptional level of training and performance that Charleston’s public safety departments are committed to maintaining. Last night, members of the Charleston community were reminded of the remarkable dedication and skill of the men and women working to keep our city safe.”